MaX5 Racing at Snetterton
October 2005 was Eastern Region Motorsport Month and on
the penultimate activity date of the Eastern Region Tour
05, off we all went to Snetterton Circuit to watch the
MaX5 guys in their final two races of the season.
lovely sunny and unseasonably warm Sunday, the Eastern
Region met up and managed to attract the likes of the
South East Roadsters, some North Thames members as well
as quite a few others! The
Hemel Massive managed to send one representative
Lizwal. She claimed that the rest of the Massive were up
partying till late and chose not to join in the fun with the
Eastern Region. It was certainly their loss what a day!
initial roll call at Sainsburys Thetford saw a total of 34
cars and over 50 people.
resulting line up on the A11 was met with the usual looks of
awe and double takes from other drivers. What surely a
convoy of 34 MX-5s is normal on a Sunday morning?!
MaX5 organisers had kindly arranged for us to have our own
exclusive parking area at the circuit the second roll call
when we were all parked up came to just over 40 cars. Wed
also managed to attract a Porsche Carrera either that or
someone had done one hell of a job with a bodykit!!
were a few other 5s dotted about the carpark, a perfect
opportunity to flyer them and invite others to join in the
watched the final few minutes of qualifying and then went
for a wander around the pits to find the stars of the
a distance, we spotted three Roadsters decked out in the ER
livery red, white and blue! Monty, the driver of car 3,
greeted us and explained that they had already been to our
parking area for a look and were very impressed with the
told us that the MaX5 race cars were all basically identical
1.6 standard MK1s, but that they use Eunos Roadsters because
they come with an LSD. They are stripped out and changed
into racing cars with full roll cage, race seat and
identical wheels and tyres.
it comes down to is driver skill and approaching the final
two races, the top two drivers Martin Byford (an Eastern
Region resident from Sudbury) and Christian Dick had only a
single point separating them and Monty was expecting it to
be very gripping.
first race was certainly exciting, lots of tyre smoke and a
very close call at the end!
we were waiting for the final and highly anticipated last
race, Alyn Robson (car 7 and co-founder of MaX5 Racing)
caught up with us to let us know the car thats had won the
MaX5 trophy for The Best OC 5 at Snetterton. They had
judged it earlier in the day and in the absence of Shiny
Steves motor, had awarded it to (Shiny) Jon Esley instead!
Jons car was in pieces, at the time of the presentation, as
hed managed to lock himself out again! Robbie however
swiftly put it back together for a quick photoshoot before
Alyn had to disappear to prepare!
Witnesses say they saw Martin Curtis sneaking off to the
pits to apply special
Eastern Region stickers to a few of the MaX5 cars,
hopefully the extra weight didnt put anyone at a
final race started just as the heavens opened. The red flag
came out after the first corner when a crash stopped the
race. No-one was injured and the race was restarted soon
famous RWD set-up meant a few cars spun off onto the grass
but regained their composure and carried on. The excitement
rose in the crowd at the same rate as the rain slowed and
the final result saw Martin Byford winning the championship
2 points ahead of Christian Dick.
Congratulations to the winner but also to all of the drivers
for making it such an exciting and rewarding day.
special thanks to Alyn for helping to arrange our parking
this space as the final date for Motorsport Month is
Sunday 30th October, were going
karting. Of course were expecting Jon Elsey to win yet
again but Im sure well all have a fun day!
Kendra Dixon Eastern Region
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